Brown Headed Nuthatch at Blackwater NWR.

With good weather promised, I decided to try a trip to Blackwater this morning. It wasn’t any kind of bonanza, but I did find a few interesting birds.

There’s still only a few wading birds compared to a few weeks ago, and I don’t know what to make of that.

Greater Yellowlegs 2017-29

I found only a single Greater Yellowlegs.

Field Sparrow 2017-2

This appears to be a Field Sparrow.

Killdeer 2017-13

Killdeer are started to appear in larger numbers.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-38

Several Eastern Kkingbirds are stiil flycatching on Wildlife Drive.

Barn Swallow 2017-38

A mixed flock of Tree and Barn Swallows was foraging along Wildlife Drive.

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Severall Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

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This Bald Eagle was making a lot of noise.

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This Great Egret had much of the marsh to himself.

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Forster’s Terns like to hang out on theses pilings.

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These Brown Headed Nuthatches appeared to be having a lot of fun.

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This Delmarva Fox Squirrel was just barely in range.

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This Fox was prowling around the visitor center.


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Blackwater Dawn.

Wilson’s Warbler at Terrapin Nature Park.

It was cloudy this morning, so I didn’t get to Terrapin until nearly 7:00. It started clearing up right away, so my timing was good.

There was plenty of migrant activity, but they were moving quickly and I didn’t get as many good images as I wanted. There were very few wading birds, which seems a little odd to me.

I stopped by Sandy Point on the way home and found a few Terns, which are beginning to be a favorite.

Seagull 2017-12

Seagull, goofing on the beach.

Laughing Gull 2017-12

This Laughing Gull was bathing at Sandy Point.

Royal Tern 2017-8

Only a few Royal Terns are at Sandy Point.


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About 10 Caspian Terns are spending time at Sandy Point.

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Barn Swallow 2017-37

This Barn Swallow was flying in an oval pattern, so I was able to get some flight shots.

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I found this Brown Thrasher at Terrapin.

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This Red Eyed Vireo is probably a migrant.

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American Redstarts are still appearing in large numbers.

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The poor light make this Yellow Warbler look too dark.

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This is only my second Wilson’s Warbler, and the last one was at Terrapin as well.

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Bald Eagle at Blackwater NWR.

It’s still slow around here-I went to Terrapin yesterday and didn’t get a single image worth looking at. I found a few Terns at Sandy Point, but that’s nothing new. The bug hunt at Quiet Waters was much better.

The weather was near perfect, but Blackwater hasn’t picked up much, despite the cooler weather. I was hoping to find some migrants, but I didn’t have any luck.

It was still a good day, and I got a few photos worth looking at.

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This is another juvenile Red Headed Woodpecker.

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Blackwater is very popular with Forster’s Terns.

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This Green Heron was content to sit and soak up the Sun.

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Common Yellowthroat 2017-8

I haven’t found a Common Yellowthroat in quite a while.

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Only a few Great Egrets remain at Blackwater.

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I turned just in time to see this Bald Eagle catching a small fish.

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Cicada 2017-3

Yesterday’s bugs.

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This Five Lined Skink was more cooperative than most.

Red-necked Phalarope at Sandy Point State Park.

We’ve had a little rain the last couple of days, so I haven’t been able to get out in the morning, my preferred time for photography.

I did manage to find a few bugs in the afternoon, and then I got an email about a rare bird at Sandy Point yesterday, so I made the trip despite the rain and traffic.

The Red-necked Phalarope was right where he was reported to be, and very cooperative,so I got some nice images. I don’t usually chase these rarities, but this one was close and worth the effort.

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Caspian Tern 2017-39

There are still 20 or so Caspian Terns at Sandy Point.

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This sequence shows a Royal Tern apparently picking up, then dropping a stick.

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This Red-necked Phalarope was foraging in small circles, as described by the Audubon guide. Audubon: “Phalaropes reverse the usual sex roles in birds: Females are larger and more colorful than males; females take the lead in courtship, and males are left to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Red-necked Phalaropes nest around arctic tundra pools and winter at sea. During migration they pause on shallow ponds in the west, where they spin in circles, picking at the water’s surface. However, most apparently migrate offshore, especially in the east. Despite their small size and delicate shape, they seem perfectly at home on the open ocean.”

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Yesterday’s bugs.


Red Headed Woodpecker at Blackwater NWR.

I’m posting this a day late as I got a little busy yesterday and didn’t have the time. I went to Blackwater once again, and it was slower than usual, but still good enough.

I also made a couple of stops at Quiet  Waters, as the bug hunts have been more successful lately.

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This Caspian Tern was at Sandy Point.

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There’s still a few Ruby Throated Hummingbirds at the Blackwater visitor center.

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This Great Egret allowed me to get very close.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-37

Eastern Kingbirds are still flycatching along Wildlife Drive.

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Barn Swallow 2017-32

Many Barn Swallows were feeding on Wildlife Drive.

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Barn Swallow 2017-34

It took a bit of patience to catch this Barn Swallow in flight.

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This Bald Eagle took off as I approached his perch.

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Brown Headed Nuthatch 2017-27

Brown Headed Nuthatches do well at Blackwater.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-39

I stopped at the bridge to check out the Double Crested Cormorants.

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Forster's Tern 2017-97

Blackwater is popular with Forster’s Terns.

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This is a juvenile Red Headed Woodpecker.


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This Gray Squirrel family has taken over an old woodpecker nest.

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Bugs from Quiet Waters.


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This Green Tree Frog is about 1/2″.

Black Crowned Night Heron at Bombay Hook, NWR.

It’s still a little slow around here, so I went back to Bombay Hook this morning. I’ve never seen so many Sandpipers in one place. There were many thousands feeding in the first pool. Apparently they stay until the tide comes in.

There wasn’t as much variety as usual, and many of the birds were at the distant side of the pools, but enough cooperated to get a few decent images. The Night Herons were much more visible than usual.

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I found this Beaver at Lake Artemesia yesterday.

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Many Goldfinches were feeding near the marsh.

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Bald Eagle 2017-154

Eagles are almost always in this single tree at Bombay Hook.

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Great Egret 2017-118

Great Egret 2017-119

There were hundreds of Egrets, but most were too distant for good images.

Semi-palmated Plover 2017-1

I just barely caught this Semi-palmated Plover at it flew by.

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Forster's Tern 2017-95

Forster’s Terns are still present in large numbers.

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I spooked this Green Heron near Finis Pool.

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This Great Blue Heron was photobombed by a flock of Least Sandpipers.

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This Blue Grosbeak was singing loudly as I entered the refuge.

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Black Crowned Night Herons nest at Bombay Hook, and this juvenile is learning how to feed himself.

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Ladybug 55

Today’s bugs.

Chestnut Sided Warbler at Lake Artemesia.

I tried Lake Artemesia for the first time in a while, and it was good enough.  I found a decent warbler and some other migrants, a promising sign. A couple of huge caterpillars made as nice find as well.

I also stopped at Quiet Waters this afternoon, and found a few bugs.

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This Cardinal posed nicely.

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Several Wood Ducks were feeding near shore.

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This Great Crested Flycatcher found a nice Cicada for breakfast.

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At least two Green Herons were foraging in the lake.

Chestnut Sided Warbler 2017-1

This Chestnut Warbler was a nice find.

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An odd looking bug.

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Another Red Banded Hairstreak.

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Two of the largest caterpillars I’ve ever seen.

Pine Warbler at Blackwater NWR.

Yesterday I stayed in the ‘hood and didn’t find much, so I made the trek to Blackwater this morning. I found a nice warbler right off, but it wasn’t a great trip, even though it was an improvement. I was hoping to find more warblers, but  I didn’t have much luck.

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These Purple Martins will be heading South soon.

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Another bathibg seagull.

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Caspian Terns seem to like Sandy Point.

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This Cardinal was at Terrapin yesterday.

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Red Headed Woodpeckers were very noisy today.

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I found several Eastern Kingbirds.

Carolina Wren 2017-7

This Carolina Wren was singing loudly.

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Forster's Tern 2017-93

Forster’s Terns spend a lot of time at Blackwater.

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3 Bobolinks were hanging out near the visitor center.

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Grasshopper Sparrow 2017-9

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This is a Grasshopper Sparrow.

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3 Bobolinks were hanging out near the visitor center.

Killdeer 2017-12

Killdeer are becoming more common.

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A single Greater Yellowlegs was foraging in the mash.

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There are fewer Great Blue Herons than usual.

Green Heron 2017-29

I spooked this Green Heron, who landed in a nearby tree.

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Seagull 2017-8

This Seagull was bathing at Sandy Point yesterday.

Chickadee 2017-13

This Chickadee was having a good breakfast.

Pine Warbler 2017-4

This Pine Warbler landed right in front of me.

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Skipper 59

Today’s bugs.




Caspian Tern at Sandy Point State Park.

I started at Sandy Point this morning, and got a fairly routine sunrise, then headed to Terrapin. There wasn’t much to see. I feel as though I have to check, as migration is well underway, but it’s very disappointing to get nothing at all.

Rather than check in at CBEC, I went back to Sandy Point, where I found a few Terns, Gulls and Sandpipers.

A quick stop at Greenbury Point was totally unproductive.

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This Wood Duck was all I found at Terrapin.

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A small flock of Least Sandpipers was drinking from a puddle at Sandy Point.

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I don’t know why Seagulls seem to bathe in puddles.

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This Osprey flew over the beach.

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This Fish Crow was calling loudly.

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A group of 10 Caspian Terns was hanging out together on the beach.


Great Egret at Blackwater NWR.

I’m still not finding much around here, so I went back to Blackwater this morning. I started with the Cormorants, who weren’t very active, them went on to Wildlife Drive, which was a bit better.

The wading birds are still scarce, and I only found one warbler, It looks as though most of the Swallows have moved on.

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Blackwater Dawn.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2017-29

The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are still feeding heavily.

Laughing Gull 2017-11

A few Laughing Gulls were hanging with the terns.

Northern Harrier 2017-11

This Northern Harrier spooked all the Terns.

Eastern Kingbird 2017-33

A few Eastern Kingbirds are still flycatching along Wildlife Drive.

Chickadee 2017-11

Chickadee 2017-12

Chickadees like the pine trees.

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I only found a few Great Blue herons.

Green Heron 2017-28

This distant Green Heron appears to be molting.

Double Crested Cormorant 2017-37

The Double Crested Cormorants are most active at dawn.

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Wood Duck 2017-85

This Wood Duck was at Terrapin yesterday.

Orchard Oriole 2017-23

Orchard Orioles will be leaving soon.

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Caspian Tern 2017-32

Caspian Terns often gather at Sandy Point.

Seagull 2017-3

These appear to be Ring Billed Gulls.

Black Vulture 2017-1

Many Black Vultures make their living at Sandy Point.

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This Forster’s Tern is waiting to feed.

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I found several Great Egrets this morning.